ATLANTA, Ga – Despite Midtown traffic snarls that have been caused by last week’s I-85 bridge collapse, the 81st annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival is going ahead as planned this weekend.

Festival officials said Monday they are offering increased shuttle service from the Arts Center and Midtown MARTA stations for the event, set for Piedmont Park from April 7-9.

The huge spring festival draws more than 200,000 people each year.

"The festival always urges attendees to take MARTA to the festival, and with the recent I-85 bridge collapse, getting to the park without driving is now more important than ever," said Executive Director Brian Hill. "We have amped up our shuttle bus schedule throughout the festival, and we also encourage bikers to ride to the festival."

Riders can valet bicycles at the Bike Valet on 10th Street near the Charles Allen Drive entrance.

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“We will not allow traffic issues to interfere with hosting the third-oldest fine arts festival in the country,” said Hill.

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